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Eagle County deputy survives I-70 wreck

Dustin Racioppi
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Contributed photoAn Eagle County deputy's squad car was crumpled when another vehicle hit it Tuesday night on Interstate 70.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. ” An Eagle County deputy is recovering at home after narrowly surviving a collision on Interstate 70 Tuesday night.

Deputy Brad Porter was helping a motorist pull off to the right shoulder at about 11:30 p.m. when an oncoming car hit the back of Porter’s patrol car. The impact catapulted Porter’s car into the eastbound lane of the interstate into oncoming traffic, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Porter was treated and released from the hospital, but hasn’t returned to work yet.

The driver who hit Porter’s vehicle clearly violated the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down and merge to the lane farthest from an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.

According to the sheriff’s office, 49 police officers died in 2007 as a result of car accidents and, like Porter, 12 were struck by other vehicles.

dracioppi@vaildaily.com

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